Mar 28, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT
Danny Briere has been the subject of trade rumors for the past month, which I suppose in a way is actually a good thing for the two-time All Star. Theyve taken some of the focus off the fact that hes having his worst season in the NHL since he was 21 years old.
Mar 28, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT
Credit to Penguins GM Ray Shero for somehow managing how to make Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal, Brooks Orpik, Chris Kunitz, and the recent additions of Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray all fit under the salary cap … oh, plus Iginla.
Mar 28, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT
This of course is a theoretical question, like Why am I here? or How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? I think just about everybody has resigned themselves to the idea that the Flyers will not be making the playoffs this year, but since its not mathematically impossible, what is the math on that anyway?
Mar 27, 2013, 3:22 AM EDT
After a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday — one that likely crushes the Flyers’ playoff chances this season — Wayne Simmonds, Kimmo Timonen, and Claude Giroux questioned the club’s effort this season. But c’mon, is that the real problem?
All That Stands Between the Flyers and the Eighth Seed Is the New York Rangers (and Four Other Teams)
Mar 26, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT
Sure, the New York Rangers may have beaten the Flyers 10 out of the last 11 times they met. All that matters right now though is that the Flyers must win tonight.
That record isn’t much of a confidence boost obviously, but hey, it’s not like either club’s play has been very inspiring this season, either. New York – thought to be one of the top contenders for the Stanley Cup coming into the year – is clinging to the eighth and final playoff berth in the East, a mere five points ahead of the Flyers, and really it’s up for grabs for any franchise not named the Florida Panthers.
Mar 26, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT
Are the Flyers buyers or sellers at the trade deadline on April 3? Should they make any major moves at all?
Mar 25, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT
While it’s not uncommon for pro athletes to go into broadcasting once their careers are over, and occasionally even dabble in it once their season is finished, Luke Schenn couldn’t wait that long. The Flyers’ defenseman joined NBC’s Pierre McGuire between the benches during Sunday night’s tilt with the Penguins for a little impromptu internship.
Luke, I know it looks bad, but your team isn’t out of the playoffs quite yet.
Mar 25, 2013, 1:42 AM EDT
In an encounter not very reminiscent of many of the recent battles in their rivalry, the Penguins defeated the Flyers in overtime on Sunday night, a measured 2-1 contest that truly could have fallen either way. Unfortunately, it didn’t fall quite the way it needed to.
Mar 24, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT
The NCAA Tournament has been a welcome distraction from the misery that is the pro sports landscape in Philadelphia, and in particular the Flyers who have been idle the entire time. Tonight Orange & Black attempts to reel us back in as the club renews its intense rivalry with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Mar 20, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT
Want a quick summation of everything wrong with the Flyers? Boom.
Mar 19, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT
What’s more depressing than the Flyers’ glaring deficiencies along the blue line? The fact that only one club in the NHL has more money invested in the position – and that doesn’t even include Chris Pronger’s salary.
Mar 19, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT
With the Flyers tumbling further and further down the standings, it looks like the home teams are going to let the people down in a way they haven’t in nearly two decades.
Mar 19, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT
As of Tuesday, only the Pittsburgh Penguins had as many games played as the Flyers in 2013, a category the Orange & Black have been leading the NHL in since the regular season began back in January. But by the time Philly’s run of five days off is over on Sunday, the rest of the Eastern Conference will have caught up to them, and their view in the standings will only be bleaker still.
Mar 18, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT
Prior to the Flyers’ 4-2 loss in Tampa Bay, Kimmo Timonen reflected on the significance of turning 38 on Monday, and the career milestone he would achieve that night. Ever the professional, what mattered most to Timonen wasn’t blowing out a few candles, or even getting his name into the record books by appearing in his 1,000th NHL game.
The important thing was coming away with two points.
Mar 18, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT
What a difference six weeks can make. When the Flyers last encountered the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 5, they were one of the most dangerous teams in the NHL, averaging nearly five goals per game en route to a 6-2 start. But while the Bolts are still second in the league in scoring, those numbers have sagged quite a bit – as has their record along with it.
Mar 16, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT
General manager Paul Holmgren said the team needed to compete better. The Flyers’ players responded on Friday night, grinding it out against the New Jersey Devils for 65 minutes before picking up the unusual 2-1 shootout victory. Imagine that.
Mar 15, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT
Fun fact: in the NHL, two points are awarded for a win, one point is awarded for a tie at the end of regulation, and the teams with the highest number of points at the end of the regular season are entered into a tournament. Philadelphia doesn’t have an automatic berth in the playoffs or anything like that.
Mar 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
Based on several of the Flyers’ recent performances, and with their season hanging in the balance, there has been some hinting that head coach Peter Laviolette’s job could be on the line. Not so it would seem – at least that’s what Paul Holmgren is telling reporters.
Mar 14, 2013, 2:14 AM EDT
Nope, there were not.
Mar 13, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT
They may currently own a six-game winning streak against the Flyers dating back to last year’s playoffs, but if ever there was a time to catch a home-and-home with the Devils, it’s now. New Jersey has been reeling ever since they last met the Bullies, posting a 3-7-2 record after February 15, and losing tons…
Mar 13, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT
What’s wrong with the Flyers this year? Simple enough question, yet one that’s sure to produce a variety of answers. Some might say the front office failed to adequately replace Jaromir Jagr and James van Riemsdyk in the offseason. Too much production was subtracted from this lineup in the offseason. However, the top line has…
Mar 12, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT
Young guys. Talented or potentially talented. Ruled extraneous with the addition of two high-profile, veteran acquisitions at their positions. Acquisitions that have not gone to plan. The young guys, by the way, are flourishing. By now, we’re all familiar with the tale of Nik Vucevic, whom the Sixers selected 16th overall out of USC in…
Mar 11, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT
It’s tough to tell with Ilya Bryzgalov. Sometimes you think he’s the crazy Russian and other times you think he’s an evil genius. And then every now and then he has a post-game quote where you can’t help but laugh at and love the guy. The later was the case last night. And winning certainly…
Wayne Simmonds Crushes Tyler Ennis, Pulverizes Mike Weber, Becomes Public Enemy Number One in Buffalo
Mar 11, 2013, 3:29 AM EDT
Something tells us when the Flyers meet Buffalo for the final time this season on April 13, somebody gonna throw down. The Sabres took exception to a violent hit Wayne Simmonds delivered to Tyler Ennis in the first period of Sunday night’s action, and they never appeared to feel as though the score had been…
Mar 11, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT
Let’s begin on a positive note for a change. The Flyers did what they had to on Sunday night, beating an inferior opponent to halt a three-game skid. They still face a steep climb to get back to respectability, but at least they stopped the bleeding for the time being. On the flip side, the…
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